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My Journey to $500/Day Using Shopify.

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by llandrew, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. llandrew

    llandrew Junior Member

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    What's up all - I figured I'd start a thread on one of these 'my journey' post's. I have started a side-business reselling items from AliExpress. I have been casually selling these items through my Instagram in the past so I just decided to go all out and create a website to sell easier because I was getting tired of replying to DM's from people wanting to buy...just too cumbersome.

    I won't say my product or niche just because I'm paranoid of losing my idea...call it paranoid or whatever, I'm just protective.

    Anyways, I had about 1,000 followers on my Instagram page and recently launched my Shopify website on Nov. 18. I started out the next week running an Instagram ad set to $20/day. While that was running I started another Instagram ad for Black Friday and that budget was to only run 2 days at $40/day. Then another ad that was to only run 2 days for the Cyber Monday sales at $40/day. I stopped the $20/day advertising on Instagram just today because I wanted to get a few more things in line on my website before sinking more money into it for advertising. The ad's worked out seemingly well. The total amount spent on ad's was $314.61, Impressions was 124K, Clicks 587 and CPC $0.54. You can see my sales etc that's attached to this. I haven't done the exact numbers on the cost of product vs. revenue but I can assure it's prob around 40% profit.

    My goal is to fine tweak my ads and website + build my Instagram page to eventually get to the $500/day goal. I'm prob at around $45/day. This is my first time really ever selling a product online and it's def been interesting. I know limited about CPC and Ads etc. So just like the posts you've probably seen lately (I just found out about them today while researching some info on here) you can make a lot of money purchasing on AliExpress and then reselling for more. I just need to find out what to tell my customers about the shitty turnaround time...I'm sure I'll come up with some sort of explanation. So I know it sounds vague, but just try and look through products on AliExpress that interest you and that you know about. Then see if you can't start some small business selling those items to like minded people like yourself for a profit. I've had a full out branding effort done on my website and also for my packaging. I have all the products shipped to me so I can remove the shitty Chinese packaging and repackage with my own custom branded company logo stuff for a very clean and exclusive feel. Sure I could make more just by shipping direct to a customer, but if I bought an item(s) for $60+ and it came (slowly) in crappy Chinese packaging...I'd be kind of annoyed honestly. On Shopify I'm using the $29/mo option and I'm also using the mail chimp and email template creator for my automated order emailings. I have outsourced my graphics too. So that all my website graphics look VERY clean and matching. My graphics guys gets the links I send him from AliExpress, removes the watermarks from the product photos, removes the background and adds drop shadows. Then I just upload the products, pics and variances. This is the worst part! SOoo time consuming!!!! But totally worth it when it's done because I'll be able to just let it sit and market it / casually update the products. I've already uploaded around 500 single products. This has all taken (everything I mentioned above) about a month and a half to launch and get to where I am now. It's so cool to be gone and then go check your email and some random ass person has made a $60 purchase on a product that costs me sometimes $6 (including shipping)! It's definitely VERY exciting to do and I hope I can update and remember to include some good specifics so everyone can read and maybe learn from. I've learned so much from this site myself. I posted my first little how to on another subject here: http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...58-000-10-months-p-s-im-pretty-much-noob.html.

    I'd love to chat with anyone who's doing shopify stuff and talk about strategies etc. Would love to hear from people on here that are killing it on Shopify too. I'm looking to get a few more things on my website in line and then begin to advertise on Instagram again.
     

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  2. Sythix

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    Right on bro. I was just talking to forcefed, the guy who made a bunch with this method with his Instagram account and thinking of starting a Skype group with people who are earning $$$ from this method. I would have done it but I'm a Skype newb and kinda lazy at times.

    Good luck on your journey bro
     
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    Good luck bro this looks interesting, why dont you increase your insta following forom 1000 followers? i am sure you can get like 10k followers in a few months with follow/unfollow method and higher sales as those people would be interested in your niche!
     
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    Seems promising, wish you all the best op!
     
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    good luck.

    Company name? i i have none what shoul i put on register?
     
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    Another Franklin Hattchet method ~
    I see you've made $700+ from only 10 orders? So your products are a little pricey aren't they?
    If you don't mind answering,how bulky are they?

    Good luck! :)
     
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    Good luck with your journey, man! I must warn you however, that Shopify has some issues with on page SEO. We scanned websites, based on a dozen different website builders and we were amazed when we saw what sort of issues some websites had. All website builders claim to have some awesome SEO features/compatibility, but in fact all of them have at least some minor but meaningfully numerous issues which can matter if your competitors are well optimized. And most of website builders have some significant issues. But don't worry much, Shopify isnt the worst choice: we audited one shopify-based website and found less than 10 issues. I doubt though, the engine gives any means to eliminate them.
     
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    I'm curious how an instagram ad is effective? Instagrams is for mobile only right? I didn't think many people went through a full checkout process on their phones.
     
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    Amazing mate ! . coughs.
    i see you have made over $700 and being congratulated on your 10th order but just below the 700 bucks i see 8 orders
     
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    Too much FH Journey threads!! Good Luck OP!!
     
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    the 8th sale is for monthly, 10th order is over the lifetime of using shopify
     
  14. llandrew

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    I'm trying to, I just have 2 other businesses to run during the day so my time is limited at times.


    Not quite sure I understand the Question dude.



    Bulky enough to not pay any shipping on AliExpress for them (if that answers your Q).


    Really? I've just started doing some SEO with Cecilia at SEO SHARK and I see a couple of the keywords have begun getting traction, probably not because of her work though as I literally just started. Would love to know more on why Shopify's platform may not be SEO friendly though. I do personally see that the only structural edits I'm allowed to make are for the Title and Meta Description (aside from using tags and being able to add alt-img's descriptions in the product posts). So yes, it is limited to an extent as far as being able to knock out some great on-page SEO.


    Man, I've noticed some great traction with Instagram ad's. You have to have a "sexy" product though. Running an AD for free 500 business cards with first purchase VERSUS running an ad for 70% off all nissan maxima halo headlights can have a pretty night and day reaction. You need to remember the demographics that are mainly on Instagram too. People will do a full checkout on their mobile if the process is seamless and your website runs smooth. But if you looked at my numbers, there's still a lot of room for improvement!


    Hahaha, love that Costanza profile pic.

    Yep, he's correct. Only my 10th order. No orders today yet though.

    I've actually messaged a number of people trying to get shoutout 4 shoutout and it's a little bit more difficult than it seems. Some blogger with 50K followers said she'd do it for $150. I told her my ROI would be better putting $150 into Instagram ads and that her price is extremely high and has no logic behind it aside from her just saying 'that's what I charge'. For $150 I would receive probably 62,000 guaranteed impressions in ADs. I'd only be seen by a slice of her 50K followers.
     
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    I see, have you tried fb ADS?
     
  16. llandrew

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    No I have not yet. Not too big of a Facebook fan in general lately for my products.
     
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    Are you in the USA? UK?
    The delivery time from Aliexpress to the USA is terrible!


    Is this a product for women?
     
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    Good Luck with your journey OP:)
     
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    I had to head outta town yesterday really quick and just got back in. Here's Fridays (Dec. 4's sales). I didn't get any sales today at all. I also didn't post much on Instagram at all today. So now I'm really just shy of $1K since launching the website.
     

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    Dude...you're telling me!!! I'm in the USA. Sometimes delivery is so damn long, other times it arrives in like 5 days (no lie [and that's using the free option]).

    The product is for both men and women. My main obstacle with this business model is the shipping honestly. If it was dependable I'd be so much more confident. I'm still trying to develop and email I can send to customers explaining why it may take a little longer than expected with shipping.


    Thanks bro. There's so many more knowledgable people on this site than I. Just trying to show that it can be done as logn as you do what you know and are persistent. I think a lot of people confuse online money with "not a lot of work". The "not a lot of work" part I've seen people arrive at, is due to a ton of initial work put in. Just depends how bad you want that cash!!! Hustle hard my friend!
     
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